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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am a resident of Davidson County, where do I mail my Voter Registration Form in order to register by mail?

A: Register to Vote

Q: What are the general rules for running for an elected position?

A: Candidate Requirements

Q: What are normal and allowable campaign expenditures?

A: Answer from the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance

Q: Can I vote if I've been to prison?

A: The privilege of voting may be denied if you are convicted of a felony. Also relevant is when the conviction occurred and under what circumstances. For further information, please see Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) 2-2-139, 40-29-101, and 40-29-105. All ex-felons and current inmates should be directed to the Absentee/Early Voting Coordinator.

Q: Is it possible to vote for a Democrat for one office and a Republican for another?

A: One may vote for a candidate of one party seeking an office and a candidate of another party seeking a different office during a general election; however, during a primary election, a voter must select the party in which he/she wishes to vote and vote for candidates that appear on that party's ballot.

Q: What is a primary election?

A: A primary election is a nominating process. Candidates who emerge from a primary appear on the General Election ballot even if there is no opposition in the General Election.

Q: What do I need to know about Absentee Voting?

A: Absentee Voting

Q: When do I have to register to vote?

A: One may register at any time but must register no later than 30 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote.

Q: I just moved here. Can I register right away?

A: Yes, you can register as soon as you become a resident of Tennessee.

Q: How will I know if I'm a registered voter?

A: You will receive your voter registration card after your form has been processed by the county election commission and at that time you will be a registered voter. If you have registered by mail, you must vote in person either at your appropriate polling place or the county election commission office the first time after you register.

Q: How can I find my polling location?

A: Find where I Vote

Q: I won't be able to vote on Election Day. What can I do?

A: Early Voting

Q: I'll be out of town both during early voting and also Election Day. How can I vote?

A: Absentee Voting

Q: If I have to move to another state just before a Presidential Election, does that mean that I will lose my vote?

A: No, you will not lose your vote in a national election if you move to another state less than 30 days before an election day. You can vote either by Absentee Ballot or return to the county where you are registered and vote there in person. Remember, this does not apply to state or local elections. See T.C.A. 2-2-103.

Q: I'm a college student. Can I vote in the community where my school is located?

A: According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-2-122 (a) 7 - A person does not gain or lose residence solely by reason of the person's presence or absence … while a student at an institution of learning…
Some students are eligible to vote in this county while others are not.  If you are a resident of Davidson County and are attending school in Davidson County, your proper address of registration is your Davidson County residence, not the address of your school. If you are attending school in Davidson County but your residence is in another county, you would register to vote in the county where you have an established residence, such as your parents’ home. It is a felony to be registered in more than one jurisdiction.

According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-2-122 (b) 1 - The following factors, among other relevant matters, may be considered in the determination of where a person is a resident:

  • The person's possession, acquisition or surrender of inhabitable property;
  • Location of the person's occupation;
  • Place of licensing or registration of the person's personal property;
  • Place of payment of taxes which are governed by residence;
  • Purpose of the person's presence in a particular place; and
  • Place of the person's licensing for activities such as driving.

If a student has provided the college/university a "permanent" address other than the one where the student resides, then that is the most likely address for the student to use when determining the proper jurisdiction for voter registration.

Q: How can I find out in which district I live?

A: View District Maps "Find Where I Vote"  link could be helpful here

Q: How can I find out who my representatives are in each of those districts?

A: Find My Legislator or use this Find Where I Vote application

Q: After I've registered and voted, will I have to register again before each election?

A: All registered persons may vote in all future elections if their registration is not purged by a county election commission for one of the following reasons:

  • The request of the voter.
  • Change of name except by marriage.
  • Not having citizenship rights restored as required by law after being convicted of a crime which is a felony. Residential address changes should be made in order to vote in state and county elections.

Q: I'm a senior citizen. Are there any special provisions stating where I may vote?

A: Absentee Voting

Q: How does a bill become a law?

A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otbml6WIQPo